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21 August 2009

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Dave

I would add: The Navigation Bar. None of the other blogging platforms give me so much flexibility in such an easy-to-use package. Waht a menu item pointing offset? No Problem. Want to have the menu item different from the page title? No Problem.

Karin H.

Hi Dave

Thanks for the addition. You are absolutely right, it is one of those improvements available instantly to any Typepad account holder. Mind you though, some standard templates do limit the number of items in the Navigation bar I've noticed.

I'm sure everyone has its favourite feature/benefit. I tried to list the overall most important benefits I think Typepad gives you over WordPress.com (and I'm sure WP fans might have other opinions ;-))

Karin H

At 14:24 21/08/2009, you wrote:

Martin Malden

Karin, hi,

Very interesting, and many thanks for the mentions!

Just a few points it's worth raising:

Self-Hosted WordPress blogs (WordPress.org) have had 1-click upgrade for a while now - it takes about 15 seconds. With WordPress.com the entire upgrade process is completely invisible, as with TypePad.

Plus themes and plugins on WordPress.org can both now be searched for and installed from the admin screens - 1-click from the time you've found the one you want. No more download - unzip - upload - activate. :)

Widgets (in both WordPress.com and .org) are drag and drop, and you have compete control over which sidebar and whereabouts in each sidebar you place them.

There's no WordPress.org 'account', as there is in WordPress.com or TypePad.

Installing the WordPress.org platform gives you a completely standalone site. This gives you total control over your content, as there are no hosting policies you need to comply with as in both Blogger and WordPress.com. (I'm afraid I don't know TypePad's position on this).

Of course your hosting provider may have policies that you need to comply with, but these are usually less restrictive, certainly less so than WordPress.com's policies.

If you have dedicated hosting or your own server you're free to publish whatever you like on a WordPress.org platform, and you have total control over your database and content.

When you want a second or third WordPress.org blog you just buy a domain, install the platform and away you go. My hosting provider gives me unlimited domain hosting - so all I have to do is buy the domain name.

In WordPress.com you can have as many blogs as you like within your account - but you're subject to their restrictions on what you can do with your blog.

But altogether very interesting, and thanks again for the mentions :)

Cheers,

Martin.

Karin H.

Hi Martin

A raving comment, as you expect from an expert on WP.org (and com). As far as I know Typepad has no restrictions or hosting policies (besides the most normal ethical ones I guess).

The number of blogs I tend to create - for various reasons, some just to have separate "why confirm" and "thank you for confirming" for some of my AWeber campaigns - means I take full advantage of the ease this can be done in Typepad, I can use all the widgets and plug-ins already on my account without having to activate them per blog.

And although on Typepad 'server' I do have complete control over my account - as if it is stand alone.

My first none retail related blog isn't called: "keep it simple sweetheart" for nothing - Typepad, AWeber and ScreenSteps do make webmarketing simple (in my experience, but as with all things: what you've learned seems simple to you and perhaps difficult for others) ;-)

Karin H

Claire Alcock

Hi Karin

We are big fans of small business at TypePad. We are trying to help small businesses realize the potential of blogs at our TypePad small business center

http://typepad.com/small-business-blogs

Our next free webinar class, with business blogging expert Andy Wibbels, is all about your point on using your blog as your website. I would encourage anyone interested, no matter what platform they currently use, to join on Wednesday 26 August and if 11am US pacific time (7pm UK) doesn't work - we'll put up a recording of the session late next week.

Thanks for this great post!

Claire - TypePad

Jo Guerra

Hi Karin,

I am really happy to see this post as I am in the middle of creating a blog website for my new business (Your Marketing Gal - published but not ready) on Typepad and I went back and forth trying to decide whether I should learn WordPress or just go with Typepad. I decided to do what I already knew. I am planning to upgrade to the third tier account(about $15 a month) and I can even add a custom banner which I have created.

The domain mapping (I had GoDaddy) was a little complicated so I took screen shots and perhaps some day I'll make a blog entry on this - just have to add this to the big pile of to do's. I know Typepad has good information on it, but I found it easier to write directions for myself this time. And I did call GoDaddy - their service is unbelievable. They are the most helpful company even when I am not hosting with them and trying to figure out how to domain map with Typepad.

Here's a tutorial from Typepad created last year that helped me to understand creating a blog website: http://tinyurl.com/lngkra. And I have noticed how much SEO capabilities Typepad had. The tutorial is on the non-beta version but other than trying to find "Configure", everything else is pretty easy.

So thanks for your post and confirming I made the right decision.

At your service,

Jo Guerra

Karin H.

Hi Claire

I'll post a reminder of the webinair on both my business blogs. I think also that recording webinairs is always a great idea. Like myself - I shut shop every day at 5pm, which means no Internet too as a principle because 'normal' life has to happen sometime ;-) - others might not be able to attend the actual event.

Karin H

At 20:11 21/08/2009, you wrote:

Karin H.

Hi Jo

Glad to be of help.
Can I suggest you have a look at ScreenSteps Pro? if you are creating tutorials and especially when using screenshots. Another great "little" tool that can help you turn your business into an cost-effective profitable entity. This very blog post was written in it because I plan to use it also as part of one of my E-trainings: The Webmarketing ToolBox for Small Businesses". With ScreenSteps you only have to write content once to publish it as stand alone or combined in guides/manuals/tutorials and in a multitude of ways (blogs, PDF's, html, Word and more).

Like with your GoDaddy the team at Blue Mango - ScreenStep creators - are nothing but extremely helpful and service minded.

Karin H

At 22:42 21/08/2009, you wrote:

Jo Guerra

Hi Karin,

You are absolutely awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this information. Which service do you have - the $80 or the $40?

You are a pay it forward kind of person - my kind!

Karin H.

Hi Jo

Many times I'm on the receiving end of the "pay it forward" principle and I've learned never to take anything for granted. Givers gain principle makes our business grow ;-)

The service I have is a combined one: ScreenSteps Live with 3 Desktop licenses. Before that was possible I was on the $ 80.00 service, worth every single "dime"!

I'm sure you're going to love the program too - it fits in very nicely with Typepad and makes live so much easier, productive and profitable too.

Karin H

At 21:20 22/08/2009, you wrote:

Account Deleted

Yeah, I salute all your points Karen, plus, with Typepad, all your sidebar items can be visible in all pages without having to manually install them per page so its less work. And with Typepad, you can make a great blog without having to know about mySQL and FTP transfer which is needed in self hosted Wordpress blogs, so its really very user friendly. Plus, they have a "Real Genius" support team that will help you in any query related or unrelated 7 days a week. Typepad really rocks!

Karin H.

Hi Samjien

Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment. Real Genius support team is absolutely the right word: they solved a problem for me even this last weekend - where I thought I was the only one working ;-)

Karin H

At 15:26 25/08/2009, you wrote:

bygsales@aol.com

Karin,

This is timely information for me. I checked out "Wordpress for Dummies" from the library. Can you use Typepad to create membership sites? My understanding is this can be done w/Wordpress.org and some plugins.

Valerie

Karin H.

Hi Valerie

If you mean: can you password protect your blog-site so only "members" have access: yes, absolutely. Before I discovered ScreenSteps Live that was what I used for my online trainings on Webmarketing, works a treat.

Karin H

At 17:59 02/09/2009, you wrote:

Karin H.

Dear fellow bloggers and webmarketers.

Please don't bother with comments on how to get 1000+ visitors per day to your blog for free or how to gain a trillion back links.

Traffic to a site, be it a static site or blog-site, is very nice to have to booster your statistics and perhaps even your spirit. The main aim, goal is connecting with (and in other cases converting of) readers/prospects, which is only possible if the content of your site is worthwhile enough for them.

So, please move along to other bloggers who might find a hefty increase in visitors or back links to "have all and be all" and don't waist any keystroke on this (or any of my other) blogs with your "increase your traffic overnight" or any other "get rich quickly" advice

Karin H

Ben Johnson

Well this discussion run very similar to the constant bickering of Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux. Who cares! It's all comes down to personal choice, and can you get the job done.


I for one, having just stumbled into Typepad mini, or whatever they're call it, and would never pay for some (blog) software. But then again, technology is my business. I have had a Blogger account since day 1 and have been running my blog for years without having to fuss over it too much. It's integrated with Twitter (don't know about Facebook - not into that party). I've pulled CSS (designs) and such from all sorts of blog sites - Wordpress, typepad, etc. so I can create whatever look and feel I'm after.


I also have pulled down and install Wordpad. It works and did the job I needed at the time. I pay very little, less the $7 a year for a web-domain. I have complete control over content and really don't think that is all that expensive.


So in the end - it all comes down to what you feel comfortable using. Most business "bloggers" are just writer looking for somewhere to "enlighten" the masses. Most of the stuff out there is trash and worthless, and very very personally biased. So unfortunately for all of us, these "blogging" experts these days are self promoted "gurus" but at the end of the day, the chatter is meaningless.


Oh, btw, Karin - check Strunk & White - your intro page needs a rewrite, or at least an editor.
"..... Knowledge about best methods to use to grow your business, best software programs to use to make our business lives' easier, best style of writing to use for ....."

Karin H.

Hi Ben

Hold on, you're in fact contradicting your principle with the last part of your comment!

I'm quite known for writing in double Dutch English, writing from the heart not from grammatical or spelling/typing perfect. That works for me - and my readers/friends.

As for which tool works for you: it is always more down to strategy and tactics than the tool on its own. Many a fortune has been spent on the newest hype - or guru for that matter - because the most essential part is missing: knowing how a new tool/hype fits your business marketing strategy.

Karin H.

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